This afternoon here we have Special extra export stout from De dolle brewery standing at 9%. This is earlier than normal today as I’m going back up north for christmas later on. So I kinda had this with a late breakfast with waffles. The aroma is alcohol, coffee, dark chocolate and raisins. When pouring it was very lively and frothy, but it mellowed out quickly and the head just disappeared. Thankfully the carbonation is present but not intrusive. The taste is actually red wine like, with chocolate, coffee, dark sugar, alcoholic strength, dark fruits, begins spicy then becomes bitter. Aftertaste carries on the bitterness but doesn’t go to overboard, I wouldn’t say this is smooth or clingy either. Pleasantly complex and balanced. Plus I’m interested in the refermented bit.
Will admit that I recognise the bow on the bottle neck, same as my current favourite for this years advent calendar, the third bottle Mad bitch.
Welcome back De Dolle Brewery with Stille Nacht standing at 12%. My word that strength is well hidden, it goes down very easily and leaves you wanting more. Will also note that this drink got better over time, did not like it everywhere near as much as compared to now.
Aromas are sweet, quite sugary, alcohol, spices for sure with another note I cant describe well, sort of leather like. Taste on the other hand is very balanced, a light sugar taste with an orangey citrus, with raisins and prunes, yet how the hell 12% is hidden so well is beyond me. Very low carbonation, medium body, seriously drinkable and has next to no clingy aftertaste, very clean so it leaves you craving more. Just one more sip sir.
Not as complex as the Mad bitch but Stille natch is up there in the big leagues. Really nice.
This is gonna be hard.
This lil beauty is Dulle Teve (Mad bitch) from De dolle brewery standing at 10%. Refering to the start of this post, this will be hard because it is stupidly nice. It has a lot going for it, it gets many things just right. Strong, not too heavy, pleasant carbonation, inticing aroma, an array of flavours, yet balanced, silly name and it leaves you feeling satified. Also said it was hard because I’m having trouble describing it. Just want to drink it haha.
The aroma has fruit, but not berry or raisin like, more apple. A smiggen of citrus. Theres something else too, like a honey yeastiness. Meanwhile the taste is sweet, ever so slightly sour, sweet apple, yeasty and the alcohol is hidden very well. Pleasant texture, not super smooth, just enough carbonation. With a lingering finish, bittersweet with even some spice. (Even got a flatmate involved for this one)
Big yet mellow. Complex yet simple to enjoy. And a joy to talk/write about. A very very good beer.
(Now I have learnt that it can be kept for years without it changing too much, and then its starts to get a little bit sweeter. So really would like to buy two more, have one next year then another even later.)
Here we have… Oerbier! Cant help but think of what went through my mind for picking this bottle, I cant get over the design and can barely read a single word, glorious. Oerbier is bought to us from De dolle brewery standing at 9%.
The aroma is red berries, barley wine and some alcohol. The taste is quite tarte with a bitterness, barley wine note and berries. Someone also mentioned a slight dried fig note, can totally agree as well. The texture has quite a high carbonation, quite clean and does not linger. There is a slight bitterness in the aftertaste but it quickly dissipates. Overall this is a nice beer, does give you stuff to think about while tasting it, but I’m not head over heels with it. Apart from that logo, it is glorious and yes the bottle does have a bowtie. What a badass.